The LifeChats Series

ANDREA J. WILL LIFECHATS SERIES IN FINANCE & ACCOUNTING

The Andrea J. Will LifeChats Series in Finance & Accounting is sponsored by the Andrea J. Will Memorial Foundation.

Andrea Judith Will, a young wife and mother, was diagnosed in October 2008 with late-stage, metastasized pancreatic cancer. After a courageous and dignified battle with the disease, Andrea passed away in June 2009 at the age of 43. Andrea left behind her husband Richard Rosenzweig, her young son Tyler, family members, friends, and business associates from her career as a Partner at Eisner LLP Accountants. To honor her life and those who cared for her at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Richard and a small group of friends created the Foundation.

Find more information at www.ajwmf.org.

LIFECHATS SERIES WITH WOMEN LEADERS IN THE SPORT INDUSTRY in partnership with Beyond Sport

Globalization and technology have transformed the sport industry over the past decade, leading to new ways of experiencing and consuming sport, and new opportunities and pathways to the top. Concurrently, Title IX has also changed the sport demographics over the last 40 years. Women have not only become part of the fan base, but also decision makers, change agents, and major players in the industry as a whole. To understand the changing dynamics and the role that women play and how they shape the sport industry, we interviewed 12 women leaders who represent different parts of the global sport ecosystem – across the public, private, and social sectors.

Four key insights emerge:

  1. The growth and evolution of the industry has led to new and multiple pathways to the executive suite
  2. To succeed, (particularly as a woman) in the industry, mental toughness, discipline, resilience and the ability to deal with outcomes beyond one’s control, and mentorship are requisites
  3. Sport can be leveraged for societal impact both as an education development tool through participation and as a bridger across divides.  Its future also depends on its shared identity as a vehicle for social change
  4. The power of partnerships is key to success at work and in life.